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December 9, 2015 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser
April 22, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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There is little doubt that the oldest competition in world football, has become a little stale in recent years. The trend probably began in 1999, when a recent treble-winning Manchester United team withdrew from that year’s edition of the competition, to concentrate on the newly formed Club World Cup in São Paulo. Of course, this is not the only factor which contributed to the demise in popularity of the FA Cup. The glamour of European football, the importance of league standings, and the “resting” of players, all being cited as reasons for the irrelevance of the once revered trophy. However, this year’s competition has gone a long way in recapturing the […]

April 10, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on October 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Renowned philosophers, The Pussycat Dolls, once sang “Be careful what you wish for ‘coz you just might get it“, and that has never been truer than in the case of the Arsenal supporters at this moment. If you, like all of us non-Gooners, turn to Arsenal FanTV after every game these days just for entertainment, then you know that supporters are split on whether the club’s greatest ever manager should be let stay in his position or let go. While many are calling for the head of Wenger right now, others are happy for him to see out his contract until the end of the season while the loyalists are […]

April 7, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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There are certain things we like to associate with the style of football that we play here on the islands hanging off the edge of Europe. We relish the so-called “blood and thunder” environment that exists here, a place where a big tackle is more appreciated than a cross-field pass. This is particularly true of this side of the world’s most prestigious competition, the Premier League (sorry League of Ireland, maybe someday). Another label that is often attached to England’s first division, is the “fact” that it is the best league in the world. Yes, one might hear this and scratch their heads as they picture Marc Albrighton sitting in […]

March 27, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
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The classic lyrics from The Clash must be running through Wayne Rooney’s mind all this season. Let’s not forget, this man is going to be a legend of Manchester United, winning everything that is there to be won for the club, and breaking Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record in the process. He has been a leader for United for years, and yet at the ripe old age of 31, Rooney has been consistently linked with moves away to China, the US, and just about every other place players go to watch their careers die. When Wayne gets a chance to sit back and think long and hard about where he is […]

March 24, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
FAI Top 5 Prospects For The Republic Of Ireland In 2016

There appears to be a pretty limited amount of potential in the Irish footballing pool at the moment. Each and every time a new messiah comes along, it’s only a matter of time before they are found wallowing about as a squad player in an underachieving championship team. This is most evident in the fact that there was only one player under the age of 21 in the squad for the recent WCQ against Austria. It’s not all bad though, here are some of the uncapped players who could make an impact in the next few years. Daryl Horgan – (Preston North End) So not exactly a child at 24 […]

March 23, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
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As it stands, Ireland are in a very healthy position in Group D, sitting top of the table, unbeaten in four games including a tough trip to Serbia. However, the worst is still yet to come, with Wales in the Aviva Stadium our next port of call on Friday, while being in the middle of the worst injury crisis we’ve seen in years. At this stage, the mind games between the two sides have been strictly corporate with the FAI offering an ‘insulting’ amount of tickets to Welsh supporters, who expected 10% of the allocation but were in fact offered a mere 6%. This might be a masterstroke and give the makeshift […]

March 22, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech
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I don’t like to be a promoter of stereotypes, but there are certain things that spring to mind when we think of China. Chop sticks. Jackie Chan. Three-in-ones. That place that you wouldn’t willingly bring your dog. But, football? Nah, no way. I couldn’t think of anything less Chinese than the beautiful game, could you? Well maybe, I dunno, unpolluted air? (OK, I have realised that not only am I a promoter of stereotypes, I am also quite a racist.) The Green Eyed Monster But recently, China is one of the hottest topics amongst football fans. Astronomical money is being pumped into Chinese football, meaning that some of the best […]

March 16, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
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The Europa League this year has been unusual to say the least. In the past couple of years, a big-named team has emerged as winners in the form of Sevilla, Chelsea, Atlético Madrid and FC Porto. However, in the 2016/17 edition of the Europa League it’s difficult to say that there are multiple teams of real pedigree remaining. Manchester United are obviously an exception as a big team, but with the other ‘big names’ being Roma, Lyon and possibly Schalke 04, it’s hard to argue for the prestige of the competition. Nevertheless, a guaranteed place in next year’s Champions League is up for grabs and each of the last 16 […]

March 7, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald
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Heading into the knockout stages of this year’s Champions League, there had been a lot of strong performances and results from the usual teams and players. Barcelona and Atlético Madrid both topped their groups, and Lionel Messi scored a near unbelievable 10 goals in the group stages (if it wasn’t Messi that is). Even so, the 2016/17 edition of the Champions League has thrown in some big surprises. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Porto finished behind Borussia Dortmund, Atlético and Leicester City respectively in their groups. Even Arsenal won their group ahead of PSG! It seemed like the year where anything could happen would come in the knockout stages. Despite […]

March 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
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For every single Ibrahimović, Kanté or Gabriel Jesus that gets brought into the Premier League, you’ll also find 4 or 5 Eric Djemba-Djembas or Djimi Traores. The most infamous of all was Ali Dia who blagged his way into the Southampton squad in the ‘90s but nobody here is quite on that level. Here are our top 11 underperformers in the Premier League so far this season. Goalkeeper – Liverpool Before I proceed, yes I will be choosing just one player for every position but when it comes to the Liverpool goalkeeping conundrum, like Jurgen Klopp, I just couldn’t decide who was worse. It’s not often that sections of fans […]

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